we are a simple living family therefore, we like to make things rather than buy them whenever we can. we also really dislike what birthday parties have turned into over the years. did you know that it's not all that uncommon to invite the entire class to a birthday party? i once saw a birthday party for a 5 year old at the zoo i used to work at. she and her other 5 year old friends arrived at the zoo in 3 separate stretch limos!!! i wondered how her parents would top that one for her 6th birthday.
my sil has 3 parties for her two kids. one each where they invite the entire class and a third which is for just the extended family. do you know how many gifts that is coming into the house~almost like christmas.
our twins will turn 2 next month. this is what we're planning:
~i handmade the invitations w/ photos of my twins and dried flowers that they picked and pressed
~no store-bought theme here for us~they're painting their own party hats and table cloth
~we're doing a good old fashioned backyard bbq
~i'm making two separate healthy cakes
~we'll sing 2 versions of the happy birthday song
a few weeks ago, i sent emails to all who were invited about what is and isn't appropriate (in our house) as far as gifts go~no plastic please, no barbies, no war toys. we prefer wood and/or open ended toys. i gave them links for magic cabin, steiner books and a few others.
i'm making my daughter a waldorf doll and my husband is making a toy out of wood for our son.
looking forward to our special celebration!